In his third week of working here, Tom finally got to sit at his own desk. This week we trained Tom on all of the simulation and analysis software we use here. We went over our swing simulation, aerodynamics, and finite element analysis packages. Finite element analysis was explained by Gilly in a previous blog, but it basically allows us to run performance, stress, and sound analysis on clubs before we make them so we know exactly what to expect when we do get our first prototypes in.
Plus this helps us iterate on different shapes, thicknesses, materials, weights, and all the other club properties before we make any physical parts. In doing so, our initial prototypes are very good and close to our performance targets, then we just have to fine tune them before production. This saves magnitudes of time compared to the old method (prototype a club, test it, modify it, prototype another club, test, modify, repeat until perfect). In learning all of these analysis techniques, Tom will be able to compare his current set of clubs to Cleveland clubs and determine his ideal set (he’ll then have to present his findings to the rest of R&D and defend his statements… his technical interview will seem like a piece of cake compared to this).
I’ve talked mostly about what Tom is doing, but I also want to mention how he’d doing. Tom is picking up this vast amount of new information very well. He is starting to connect the dots between all of the different club properties and variables to see how everything is connected and affects club performance. Here are Tom’s comments on his first week at his own desk.
As Brian mentioned, I have been sitting at my desk for the last week. It’s nice. My workspace passed its ergonomic assessment so I have no complaints about being there. This past week my “real” training began. It consisted of learning FEA analysis that required me to learn from videos narrated by Brian where he walked me through the entire process, and the following day I learned directly from Brian where he walked me through the entire process. It was a little more in-depth and we began to discuss the results and determine how changes to certain attributes on the club affect the performance of the club.
In addition to all of the FEA work that I did, Brian and Alex (another engineer) introduced me to all of the simulation software that is used. In golf rarely do you ever have to hit the same shot twice and consequently we are able to drastically vary the performance characteristics of the clubs in order to mimic the variance in a typical golf outing. I’m currently in the process of using all of this data to determine the best set of Cleveland Golf clubs that would be optimal for me. I feel at times that I’m a statistician at a baseball game trying to come up with some ridiculous information (you all know what I’m talking about). It’s as if I am trying to figure out the best club for me to be hitting on every other Tuesday, after eating a low calorie lunch, with the wind from the Southwest, while wearing pleated pants and sunglasses…or so it seems. We’re working on being able to simulate all of that info. All kidding aside, we are able to generate mass amounts of data using a variety of simulation software programs. I am trying to get as much information as possible to prepare myself for my report presentation which will be next Friday. I really have to determine what is essential to my report and what can be left aside due to time constraints.
I’ll let you all know how analyzing this data helps me write my report and prepare myself for going in front of the firing squad. Tune in next week. Good luck with the logic problem…I couldn’t figure it out during my interview.
You guys are pretty impressive at answering the logic problems, so I’m going to step it up this week with a little tougher one. Congrats to Kyle D. for answering last week’s problem correctly and winning a Cleveland Golf Tour hat. A couple people had the right idea before Kyle, but they didn’t read the question correctly and thought there were multiple lights in the attic when there was actually only one. Also, all those who submitted an answer got entered into the drawing for the “First Run” CG15 Wedge (one of the first 250 CG15 wedges ever made). There are only few more weeks of blogs until the drawing. Below is this week’s logic problem.
Organization – There’s a group of people in a room, and each one has either a red or blue hat on. No one knows or can see what hat he or she has on, but they can see the color of each other’s hats. One at a time, they have to walk through the door and organize themselves outside by the color of their hat (red hats standing next to each other and blue hats standing next to each other). Without communicating with each other (verbally, non-verbally, or signaling in any way), what process should they use to insure they get organized in their colors. (John – there might be several correct answers so we will pick the first that convinces us it will work)
(John – quick point -They group can make a strategy before they start the process but once the process starts they can’t communicate. )